LAUSD Board Member Schmerelson, IBEW Local 11, and Engineers & Architects Association/Los Angeles, Inc. (EAA) among latest.
LOS ANGELES— Just weeks after qualifying and officially kicking off his campaign for the Los Angeles City Council District 12 seat, in a room of diverse supporters, Jack Kayajian received pouring support from over 75 elected officials, grassroots activists, community leaders, parents and residents. The latest came from LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11, Engineers & Architects Association/Los Angeles, Inc. (EAA), and Chief of School Agency and retired LAPD Captain Steve Zipperman.
“Jack has helped me with all of my Board District 3 schools, by connecting them with our Los Angeles Police Department, our Los Angeles Unified School Police Department, and our Traffic Control Division, to ensure a safe environment on campuses and around schools. Jack has also assisted me in acquiring outside school lighting through the Department of Water and Power, to protect our schools and neighborhoods after dark,” stated Scott Schmerelson LA Unified School District Board Member, District 3 upon endorsing Kayajian.
“Community engagement and grassroots action have been the cornerstones of my career in public service. I feel honored for the outpour of support and having had the opportunity to serve as the bridge between communities and city hall for the last decade,” stated Kayajian. With regard to his commitment to LA schools, Kayajian promised that as a Councilmember, “[he] will commit to visiting one school per week, to keep in touch with school administrators, teachers, parents and other stakeholders to learn how schools can be improved.”
“Jack Kayajian is the kind of Councilman we need. His experience in the City Attorney’s office and his volunteer work in our community make him the perfect candidate to protect our quality of life,” stated EAA Board of Governors President Saturday Aisuan.
“Burglaries, drugs, and homelessness are on the rise in our district, our streets are in disrepair, our children are crammed in overcrowded classrooms, and the concerns of our residents are being overlooked, which is why I’m running to represent Council District 12. I will bring transparency, ethics, and accountability back to our city hall, end the wasteful spending of our resources, and make sure that our streets and our schools are safe and clean. I want to support our small businesses by ensuring fair rates for city services, I plan to explore alternative sources of funding to fix our broken streets, and most importantly, I intend to reduce the red tape and make sure that the residents of my district can have their voices heard and can access the resources available to them,” concluded Kayajian about the issues that he prioritizes as a candidate.
Jack Kayajian’s career in public service stretches back a decade to his time as Valley Area Representative within the former mayor Villaraigosa’s Office. Followed by his time at the Department of Public Works, where he organized the public education and outreach for the city’s Plastic Bag Ban. Finally to the LA City Attorney’s Office, where he served as Community Resource Specialist for the Neighborhood School Safety Program—creating a task-force that cleaned up neighborhoods, protected students, parents, and teachers, and reduced crimes around schools—and currently serves as Administrative Coordinator / Outreach Specialist within the Neighborhood Justice Program, helping first-time offenders get back on the right track.
Kayajian has also served and continues to serve on various committees and boards of local and regional organizations, including the Center for Family and Health Education, the Armenian National Committee of America-San Fernando Valley North Chapter (ANCA-SFVN), and the Armenian General Benevolent Union Young Professionals Network LA (AGBU). Recently, he was elected as Board of Governor and Secretary for the Engineers and Architects Association, an affiliate of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Kayajian was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, he graduated from California State University, Northridge; and along with his wife, Arus, plans to raise their 1-year-old son, Jacob, as a proud resident of Council District 12.
The 12th Los Angeles Council District includes West Hills, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Northridge, Sherwood Forest, Granada Hills and portions of North Hills & Reseda; zip codes include 91344, 91325, 91326, 91307, 91311 and portions of 91343.
The 2019 Special Elections for LA Council District 12 will take place on Tuesday, June 4. In order to vote, you must be registered. To check voter registration status, register to vote online or become a permanent vote-by-mail voter, visit lavote.net. To learn more about Jack Kayajian or get involved visit www.JackforCouncil.com